Hi! I’m Robin. I’m half Japanese (my mother’s family has roots in Miyagi Prefecture), and half British.
The Great East Japan Earthquake on 11th March 2011 that struck Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region was a major turning point in my life. Since then, I’ve been working on issues related to natural disasters both in Japan and around the world.
In the summer of 2017, I walked 614km solo along Tohoku’s coastline (along open sections of the Michinoku Coastal Trail) in a project that came to be known as “Explore Tohoku”.
The goal of the project was to shed light on areas affected by the 2011 tsunami - one of the most severe natural disasters of the 21st Century - several years on, and to promote the Michinoku Coastal Trail as a tourist destination to support the region’s long-term recovery.
As I walked, I shared my experiences on Facebook and Instagram. I was blown away at the support I received, as well as the interest from people around the world in my journey and the trail. As time went by, I received more and more enquiries about how others could make the journey themselves.
And that’s why I set up this website - to help others discover the Michinoku Coastal Trail (aka Michinoku Shiokaze Trail / みちのく潮風トレイル) and explore Tohoku for all of its wonders.
I hope that you find this website useful. If you have any feedback, comments, or questions, feel free to contact me here. If you’re interested, you can also check out my personal website, or follow me on Instagram, Medium, or Twitter.
I hope that the trail brings you as much joy as it did to me. Happy exploring :)